Profile: Talacrest

Talacrest’s Chairman John Collins has had a life-long passion for Ferrari and used to run a Ferrari 246 Dino as his everyday road car as a photo journalist 38 years ago. Today his enthusiasm for Ferrari remains undiminished after selling approximately 1700 + classic Ferrari – and the thrill of conducting the next deal and helping collectors obtain their dream classic Ferrari is the driving force behind the company.

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The business was established in 1987 and has sold just about every classic Ferrari made – it would be easier to draw up a list of Ferrari NOT sold by Talacrest than those that they have sold. “You should bear in mind that with the volume of Ferrari that we have sold – sometimes we have sold an individual car many times over. A classic example being a Ferrari 275 GTB/2 6 carburettor alloy car that we have sold no less than 6 times!”

footer talacrest logoCustomers come back to Talacrest time and again – because buying or selling from the best is a straightforward process – and equally whatever cycle the market is in – the very best cars that we sell are always a good long term investment prospect, as well as an exciting ownership proposition.

The Talacrest Team

“Our buyers and researchers ensure that all cars that we offer for sale have the most comprehensive history dossiers substantiating a car’s provenance. If we come across really good cars which require minor remedial work to make them perfect – we use the best restorers and marque experts to ensure that all cars prepared for sale are in the best possible condition and the work undertaken has added value without compromising originality. ” Find out more


1965 Ferrari 275 GTB

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Talacrest knows the car well having last had it in stock in 2013 and sold it to the last owner. During his ownership 06703 has been restored to it’s rare orginal colour of Grigio Azzurro. A true enthusiast the last owner entered the car into the 2014 Modena Cento Ore and then subsequently had the car sympathetically restored with a view to active use as well as obtaining Ferrari Classiche certification.

The engine when was last dyno tested, it produced a very healthy 314 BHP at 7900 rpm with 211 ib/ft of torque and predictably this translates into one of the best performing 275 GTB’s we have had the pleasure of holding in stock.

A fantastic example of a very early 275 GTB, 06703 is absolutely on the button and ready for an enthusiastic new custodian, who wants a really good example which drives as well as it looks.

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1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet
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1965 Ferrari 275 GTS
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1966 Ferrari 330 GTC
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1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder conversion


Talacrest brought a number of special road and competition cars to the inaugural Riyadh Car Show & Seven Concours on 21st-26th November 2019


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A fascinating book by John Collins.

book frontThis book is a fascinating insight into the world of dealing in classic collector Ferraris and other exotic cars from John Collins. It tells the inside story about John Collins and Talacrest, from its beginning to present day and is also a wonderful catalogue of the world’s most fabulous cars that Talacrest and John have been involved with.

With approximately 350 pages, the book is prolifically illustrated with stunning archive pictures from Auto Italia and Marcel Massini amongst others and includes many important Ferrari road and racing cars. Many are accompanied with histories, track tests and how the deals were done.

The book has been published to commemorate Talacrest’s 30th Anniversary and documents the start of the business with borrowed capital from mates in the local pub, to the development of an enterprise which became the first Classic Car dealer to win a Queen’s Award for Export.

A must read for all Ferrari enthusiasts! Learn more here!


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